It is about freakin' time that something nice happened to one of the Sanguinar!
This was a bit off the path from the other books as it was focused on o...moreIt is about freakin' time that something nice happened to one of the Sanguinar!
This was a bit off the path from the other books as it was focused on one of the Sanguinar as opposed to one of the Theronai but was quite good. LOTS of future book setup occured in this one. It gives a bit of a clue as to how much longer this series will be going. Glad to find out it won't be ending any time soon. :)(less)
Well, this definately had a different feel to it. Still BDB, but it felt 'off track' for me in some way that I can't really name. I think it was lack...moreWell, this definately had a different feel to it. Still BDB, but it felt 'off track' for me in some way that I can't really name. I think it was lack of romance. The overall series plotline development was great in this one and took some big jumps. Discovering the goings on of Rev, the big-time changes with Quinn and Blay, Quinn and John Matthew, and HELLO! the deal with Lash. Yowza! A few more teasers with JM and Xehx was nice to see. Lots going on for a BDB fan to enjoy.
The story between Cormia and Phury was really weak and kind of left me hanging. I had read many reviews and was prepared for this though. I would have given this one only 2 stars for the main character weaknesses, but the advancement of the series made up for it. It also made me immediately read Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story and I will be moving on to Lover Avenged ASAP! :)(less)
The Mercy Thompson series is greatly appealing to me and can tell that these are just going to keep getting better. Many good things to say for this s...moreThe Mercy Thompson series is greatly appealing to me and can tell that these are just going to keep getting better. Many good things to say for this series. For some reason however, I didn't quite like this installment as much as the first, but I have finally realized that it is because I'm not a huge fan of Sam. His current 'living arrangement' is not to my liking and I am guessing that my mood will improve proportionately to him resolving this issue. (Can you tell I am not team Samuel?) ;)
Stephan is a fun character and I can tell that learning about his history as things progress will be tons of fun. I love it when the 'bad guys' are more than they seem. It keeps you from drowning in the stereotypes.
Mercy's abilities are still a mystery if you ask me so that development will be enjoyable as well. Adam? *sigh* Adam is my favorite type of H and he is just ooozey levels of sexy!
Two thumbs up for the budding friendship with the 'female wolf' as well. Mercy needs girlfriends. :)(less)
Venting and ranting to follow so entire review is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[ This was such a great, big, freaking disappointment! Dang it! The book was...moreVenting and ranting to follow so entire review is a spoiler.(view spoiler)[ This was such a great, big, freaking disappointment! Dang it! The book was really doing well in the long term plot department and Manny and Payne had potential. Potential that just didn't deliver. This book had that, "Oh, crap! I have a deadline! Quick, wrap this up and lets publish Envy", feel to it.
All this buildup for Xcor and crew to be the big bad...and then he goes 'noble' and lets Payne go. And then? Nada. Says he will kill the king, and then? Zip.
All this buildup with Manny giving off a bonding scent while human, loving the tiny taste of Payne's blood, etc. And then? Poof...wrap-up time. Oh, your half vampire, have a half-brother named Butch, and are a cousin of the King of the vamps. No biggie. I'll just go have sex real quick with Payne, take her virginity, and life is hunky dory. And Wraths' response? You suck human and can't stay...oh, wait. You are half vamp and my cousin. Hhhhmmmm. Interesting You can live in the green room with Payne. Catch you later! WTH????
All this super kick ass stuff about Payne being uber-warrior-girl and her big fight is two lame-O lessers and then she gets abducted. Right. Very 'image of indestructability'. Oh, wait! She beat up the guy car-jacking Manny. Go. Payne.
All this conflict with Blay and Qhuinn and not one conversation with JM? Was John even in this book? Oh well, he got Lover Mine so he must be done now, right?
Manny was 'off his game' for like 5 days and he gets fired? Puh-lease!
And here we have Payne with the ability to do basically anything with her 'daughter of the SV' power and the whole show consisted of melting some handcuffs. Oh, and she is doing something to Manny with her glowing. Of course no one has a clue and we are left hanging with no resolution at the end of the book, but at this point I'm not shocked at all.
The scenes with V and Butch were good, but for the love of all that is holy! could we find something else to obsess over? Wasn't this book supposed to be about Payne. Payne working through having been imprisoned by her freakin' mother for centuries. Instead we dealt with Xcor and V dealing with their 'daddy issues'. Gah!
And what was that tacked on crap with Veck at the end? It was such a shameless plug to get you to read The Fallen Angels books that I could weep for the shame of it. (hide spoiler)]
I have increasingly liked these books more, and more, and more. This one just pissed me off! It could have been great. It could have even been good. It was a train wreck. I felt very generous giving it two stars. I'm going to go pout now!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh what a neat twist this one had! What am I saying? What cool twists this one had. :)
For some reason, I was more horrified by V's childhood than most...moreOh what a neat twist this one had! What am I saying? What cool twists this one had. :)
For some reason, I was more horrified by V's childhood than most anything else that has been covered in the series to date. Maybe it was just the fact that he was a kid? Who knows? His dad=prick though. Gah!
I really liked Jane as she was just the kick @$$ girl you would think V would need. How she dealt with his 'extracurricular activities' was pretty classy as well.
The whole Butch/V thing was handled so very well that I was actually surprised. Having Butch reject him/hurt him would have just been one loss too many for V if you ask me. Butch is a good friend and proves it in this book.
Learning about V's lineage (view spoiler)[and finding out the the Scribe Virgin is his mother was the best! And he has a sister? Awesome! (hide spoiler)] I'm definately looking forward to seeing where that goes in the future. :)
The outcome with V and Jane was a bit strange and although it provided the HEA we needed, I'm not sure that I liked it.
Really good book overall. This BDB business is pretty good. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a fun change of pace to the BDB stories as we are seeing it from the 'outside' or in this case, the sidelines.
It didn't take a rocket scientist to see this coming, but how it developed was a fun ride. I enjoyed the regression piece and learning about Butch's family (both sides). I enjoyed that you didn't know all the reasons that Butch felt he was an outsider from the get go. It was a constant stream of reasons that kept you from feeling bored half way through and kept you connected to Butch. I love Butch's sense of humor and man, considering what he goes through (Marissa/lessers/Brotherhood), it is a good thing he has it!
Marissa is a sweet person and although I'm not so much for the 'innocent virgin' mentality, she was a likable character. Havers is a complete ass-clown! I know he gets a book later in the series and I am not sure how I am going to feel about that book since I HATE him and think that maybe they should hand him over to the Omega. (Too harsh?) I think freakin' not!
Loving the side stories, especially the development of John and I will be interested to see where this 'evil Lash' thing heads.
I still liked Zsadist's story best, but this was a good one. The 'gift' butch ends up with is both morbidly fascinating and cool at the same time. Very good that Vishous' story is next as it is a good continuation of the V/Butch issue and will most likely help us learn about Butch's gift.(less)
Well, Zsadist was my fav from day one so I figured I would enjoy this installment in the series. I know me well. I loved Zsadist and Bella's story!
I a...moreWell, Zsadist was my fav from day one so I figured I would enjoy this installment in the series. I know me well. I loved Zsadist and Bella's story!
I am always impressed with authors who make a point of developing side plots heavily while telling the main story. It keeps things fresh and helps keep the mind active. Ward does a wonderful job of this considering that although her books are considered by some to be UF, they follow the pattern of PNR. That formulaic aspect can bleed out the interest in books quickly if the pace isn't kept quick and diverse.
Ward did a fantastic job of telling the story of Zsadist's past. Referring to Zsadist as a completely disconnected person (the slave) made him seem even more of an object and put you deeper into the misery that was his life then.
With the exception of a few scenes where Bella was a tiny bit inept, I liked her character. (view spoiler)[It takes one tough girl to take rejection like that and keep coming back. (hide spoiler)] She dealt with his emotional scars and hangups extremely well. Compassionate and tough are a great heroine combo. :)
I had a moment of wanting to kick Butch in the teeth. (view spoiler)[He knows that Marissa has a brother and it never occured to him the the brother said no and not her? Dense! (hide spoiler)] I'll cut him some slack though as he is a bit manic for Marissa and it's making him do 'dumb guy stuff'. The development with V was unexpected and I am excited to see where that little gem heads.
I'm totally reved to read the next in the series. I get the sensation that I might have to just read the rest of the series this month. *sigh* On to Butch's story! Yahoo!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I still have the same complaint of this book as I did with the first, but I am enjoying the series en...more★ ★ ★ ½
And as promised, the series has improved.
I still have the same complaint of this book as I did with the first, but I am enjoying the series enough that it almost overwhelms my distaste for the wretched use of dialogue. How can a woman spin out such great plotlines, yet be oblivious to how incredibly bad her 'slang' talk is? Every time she inserts that 'my brother' crap, I get a jerking flashback to, "My brutha' from anotha' mutha'." Argh!
OK, bitching aside though, I did really enjoy Mary and Rhage's story. Lord I was weepy for this one! Three wads of tissues worth. And I actually was sobbing for the part wher Rhage talks to the Scribe Virgin and makes his sacrifice. Bad 'Snoop-doggin' aside, I must have really been impacted. I'm just fickle I guess.
I'm definately continuing with the series. Strangely, Zsadist is my favorite so far, (I know many hate him), so I am tickled that his story is next. Whoot!
Has anyone actually heard anyone refer to boots as 'shitkickers' unless they were cowboy boots? Anyone? I grew up in a family of cowboys and in my world; cowboy boots='shitkickers', lug-soled boots='work boots' or '@SSkickers', and everything else falls intot he wide field of 'hiking boots'. I have no clue what she is talking about here. I do know that the BDB boys do NOT wear cowboy boots though, true? 'Ya feelin' me, my brothers? (hehe)(less)
Oh what fun! Many reviewers of this story commented on how this book made them laugh out loud, and I have to count myself in with the group. I was wor...moreOh what fun! Many reviewers of this story commented on how this book made them laugh out loud, and I have to count myself in with the group. I was working so hard on not laughing out loud while reading on a break that coworkers were giving me some strange looks. :) The banter between Atticus and his dog Oberon was classic.
Some good foundation for development with future characters happened here. There was quite a bit of history thrown at the reader in this book but I never felt confused my it. It was done in a 'well there you have it' kind of way that although you didn't disregard the information, you got the feeling that life would not end if you flunked the Celtic Pantheon quiz.
This was a great start to a series and I am looking forward to the next!(less)
This probably deserved more credit than I am willing to give, but I just can't get into anthologies. Writing a short story is a true talent and...more★ ★ ½
This probably deserved more credit than I am willing to give, but I just can't get into anthologies. Writing a short story is a true talent and those writers who are capable of creating large and diverse UF/paranormal worlds and then converting them into an entire series of stories are rarely the same people who are also gifted with short story genius.
With that said, some of these stories were very pleasant to to the point of being a quality piece of work. Most rated in the meh to fine range for me but other people would undoubtedly enjoy them more. I have the overwhelming desire to rank Jim Butcher's work as one of the best in the book, but I realize I would be giving that endorsement based more on my preferences for his work overall, than on actual strength of this specific work. His was one of the better ones, but his wife, Shannon Butcher, as well as P.N. Elrod and Rachel Caine put out better examples in this collection.
If you enjoy enthologies, you will most likely find that this is a wonderful set of 'samples' for these authors. If not and you are like me, you will at least get a taste for some other authors and it will help you sort out your myriad TBR choices.(less)
There are most likely many people out there that would really enjoy this book and get into the crime scene info...I'm just not one of them apparently....moreThere are most likely many people out there that would really enjoy this book and get into the crime scene info...I'm just not one of them apparently. It was fairly well written and not too overly sugared up in the 'you are my destiny' aspect. I felt that many of the characters were underplayed in order to create more story later (streeeeetch), as opposed to letting the story unfold at a natural point. I did like the characters themselves though, especially The Dominion for some reason. She is kind of a wuss which normally is a big turn-off for me but I see her getting her groove on later and that appealed to me. My big issue with this story was the ending. (view spoiler)[Which just had way too much misery and absolutely no hope/love for the H/h. Took his wings, took his power, banished him to Earth, AND...AND??? took his memory of Alex? Sheesh! Someone hates their hero, eh? :) (hide spoiler)]
On the flip side, God is a woman which I can get behind. ;P
I read the blurb for the next book and I just can't get into it so I don't think I will continue on with this series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)